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A split for HP, a separation for eBay and a billion dollar disagreement for Samsung

Podcast - 8th October 2014

We begin this week's podcast with stories that go beyond the mobile industry, as HP plans to split into two companies and eBay prepares to separate itself from PayPal.

We're also talking about the Microsoft/Samsung legal case, a new Tesco tablet, BT's updated text relay service, a new way to avoid buying a stolen iPhone... and #Hairgate.

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New 'text relay' telephone service launches for customers with hearing or speech impairments

New 'text relay' telephone service launches for customers with hearing or speech impairments

BT has launched a new ‘text relay’ service that’s designed to facilitate telephone conversations for customers with hearing or speech impairments.

It’s the result of an Ofcom mandate to improve the previous text relay service.

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Braille mobile phone released by UK-based OwnFone

A customisable Braille mobile phone has been announced by London-based business OwnFone.

The device has up to four pre-programmed memory buttons that can be printed with braille or raised text.

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Ofcom publishes ‘Easy Read’ mobile phone guide for people with learning difficulties

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has become the first UK regulatory body to publish consumer advice in the ‘Easy Read’ format, which is designed to be more accessible to people with learning difficulties.

The ‘How to use your mobile phone’ guide meets current European and UK Government standards for making written information easily understandable. It includes details about mobile phone handsets, different types of contract agreement, free services for disabled customers and how to complain.

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Qualcomm and Project RAY announce eye-free smartphone for blind and visually-impaired people

Project RAY, which designs accessibility tools for blind and visually-impaired people, has announced a new mobile interface that’s designed to be used without sight.

It’s been designed in partnership with the Qualcomm Wireless Reach initiative and uses a standard Android smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor.

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